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30 July, 2020  // The Federal Penitentiary Service has compiled a list of the most read books among convicts: Master and Margarita (Bulgakov), Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky), Count of Monte Cristo (Dumas), War and Peace (Tolstoy), Three Musketeers (Dumas). In total, there are 1,137 libraries in Russian correctional institutions with more than 5 million books.

13 July, 2020  // Anomalous hydro-meteorological phenomena, the number of which is growing due to global climate change, cause damage to the Russian economy by more than 60 billion rubles each year. In 2019, about 900 natural hazards were recorded, of which 346 caused significant damage.

20 June, 2020  // In May 2020, according to the Ministry of Economy, the decline in Russia's GDP was 10.9% in annual terms (12% in April). Crude oil production decreased by 14.5%, natural gas - by 16.6%, coal - by 11.2%, retail sales fell by 19.2% (23.2% in April).

31 May, 2020  // In Q1 2020, according to the Bank of Russia, the foreign trade turnover of Russia amounted to $ 143.5 billion (90.7% compared to Q1 2019), export - $ 87.8 billion (85.5%), import - $ 55.7 billion (100.1%). Export of fuel and energy products - 78.5%, food products and agricultural raw materials - 119.2%.

19 May, 2020  // In April 2020, according to the Ministry of Finance of Russia, the country's nominal GDP (calculated at current prices) amounted to 6.3 trillion rubles, which is 28% less than in April 2019. The average price of the Russian export oil mixture (Urals) was $ 18.2 per barrel ($ 71.5 a year earlier).

5 May, 2020  // In April 2020, clothing sales in Russia in monetary terms decreased by 90% compared with February, in Moscow - by 76%. Shopping centers and shops in Russia are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. This category of goods can be bought only online.

20 April, 2020  // In 2017-2019, according to Rosstat, there was a difficult demographic situation in Russia. In 2019, the number of births was 12% lower than in 2017, while mortality decreased by only 1.3%. The population declined in 59 regions. In 2020, the situation is likely to worsen even more, as the migration growth is also expected to be low.

8 April, 2020  // According to The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, from April 1 to 6, 2020, 2,400 tons of fresh ginger were imported into Russia (12 times higher than in the same period last year), the import of fresh garlic increased by more than two times (2,500 tons). A lot of people in Russia believe that these products have strong antiviral properties.

17 March, 2020  // From March 18 to May 1, 2020, Russia restricts entry for foreigners and stateless persons. Exceptions apply only to diplomats, truckers, permanent residents of Russia, as well as crews of ships and trains.

11 March, 2020  // In 2019, according to Rosstat, the highest average salaries in Russia were in the following sectors: finance, insurance (103k rubles per month - 1,500 USD), mining (89), information, communications (74), scientific, technical, professional activities (73), state administration, army, social security (51). The lowest salaries were in public catering and hotels (28).

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